Palin to South Carolina: Vote for Newt
January 17th, 2012
10:13 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin to South Carolina: Vote for Newt

(CNN) - While not offering a full endorsement, Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged South Carolina voters to turn out for Newt Gingrich during Saturday’s primary.

She said a win for the former House speaker would slow down the Republican presidential nominating process.

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"I want to see this thing continue because iron sharpens iron," Palin said on Fox News. "If I had to vote in order to keep it going, I would vote for Newt."

With Mitt Romney having already won the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, some political observers say another Romney win in South Carolina could lock up the nomination for the former Massachusetts governor.

But Palin argued it's too soon to settle on one particular candidate.

"I want more debates, more vetting of candidates, because we know the mistake made in our country four years ago with having a candidate that was not vetted to the degree that he should have been," Palin said, referring to now-President Barack Obama.

The 2008 vice presidential nominee has frequently praised Gingrich's debate performances, and last week her husband, Todd, announced his formal support for the candidate.

A recent poll shows Palin could get her wish. While 29% of likely Palmetto State GOP primary voters said they're backing Romney, 25% said they would support Gingrich. That margin is within the sampling error, according to an American Research Group survey.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Sarah Palin • South Carolina
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    Wasn't it nice when she was gone?

    January 17, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  2. Bigwilliestyles

    Ah yes, but you did not need to be 'vetted' much before you were exposed as a pretender. By the way, how's that lawsuit coming along? Haven't heard much about it. Oh well, I'm sure its going swimmingly, along with your movie.

    January 17, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. krissmith777

    Palin supports Gingrich? Oh Lord! –Vote for Mitt. Defeat this airhead!!

    January 17, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  4. krissmith777

    As for the Poll cited at the end, there are more recent ones. In Rasmussen out today, Romney is 14 points ahead.

    January 17, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  5. DENNA

    Aannd,, she's still stupid. STILL no one cares what you have to stay. You are as stupid as Newt is. Why don't you go back to Alaska and help shovel snow off of roofs or go somewhere and torture some little animlals. That sounds like what you would enjoy doing.

    January 17, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |

    Gee, Wouldn't be something to do with Newt saying he would consider her as a running mate. What an oppurtunist she is. Guess Newt's memory is short. He has forgotten what happened to John McCain

    January 17, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. markiejoe

    "I want more debates, more vetting of candidates, because we know the mistake made in our country four years ago with having a candidate that was not vetted to the degree that he should have been," Palin said.

    Good lord, talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Until she got to the masculine pronoun, I thought Sarah was talking about herself!

    January 17, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  8. Jojo

    If Gingrich wins Obama should watch out. He has like a million facts in his head and Obama wouldn't be the only one with smooth charisma. I'd rather Obama went against Romney because he probably a rich white man. Why else would he refuse to give his taxes unless he wins the repulb primary? Crocked Staples millionare. Obama can beat him easily. Go Romney!

    January 17, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  9. krissmith777

    How many sheep are going to decide to vote for Gingrich just because this airhead said so?? I can just see it now: A Palin admirer saying to himself, "Gee, I was going to vote for X, but Sarah Palin has just made up my mind."

    January 17, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  10. Tyler Durden

    Awesome. I needed a dose of Palin. Like a chronic hemheroid that was in remission for a while.

    January 17, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  11. Conrack

    Is it really possible for one human being to consistently soound this stupid?

    January 17, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Yes ,
    she's back and wearing more red the ever.

    YES YES YES , The Queen of King makers .
    John McCain sold out to Mitt Romney , SARAH PALIN WILL NOT !


    January 17, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  13. just checking

    you mean the mistake John McCain made by not vetting you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 17, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  14. ziegfeldf

    Todd Palin's opinion means a lot to me.

    I think she's trying to keep the window for Tea-Party wackjob of the week, Rick Santorum, open.

    Why? She may be counting on the Republican field to still be split at crunch time, when she can ride in on her white horse and suggest that they nominate her as their Great Hope. She's been weirdly quiet lately–you know it's deliberate–and only pops up from time to time to manipulate things this way and that. She's pushing Gingrich a bit, but not really endorsing him. But, really, there's no way she would see eye-to-eye with Gingrich. She doesn't want Romney to clinch the nomination! And if she were serious about pushing the most compatible candidate, she'd be wild for Santorum, right?

    Check me on this.

    January 17, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  15. Val in MA

    Like anyone cares anymore what Sarah Palin thinks ... maybe she wants a VP gig again should Newt win the nomination, which he WILL NOT. I am tired of both of them already.

    Romney 2012!

    January 17, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. Wise1Speak

    NEWT's FALSE QUOTE: "More people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in history".
    – – – – –
    FACT CHECK #1: GOP policies during Republican-led Congress of the Bush years (2000-2008), set the economy into a steep decline that is expected to take another 4-to-8 years to fully recover.

    FACT CHECK #2: Prior to President Obama taking the helm in 2009, the nation was already spiraling into a deep economic downturn with 700,000 people per month filing unemployment.

    FACT CHECK #3: The increase in food stamp recipients has nothing to do with President Obama; but everything to do with the millions who have lost jobs due to Bush/Cheney and Congressional Republican policies of 2000-2008.

    January 17, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  17. Rob

    There goes Gingrich's campaign 🙂

    January 17, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  18. HVR

    Poor little sarah. No amount of vetting could have revealed and exposed such a brainless idiot low life woman like yourself. I'm guessing that pea sized brain must be frozen after all those years in Alaska. You are the WaSilliest Woman on this planet.

    January 17, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  19. maf

    Is Sarah seriously speaking out about vetting four years ago and NOT talking about her own situation????
    Yikes, she is so delusional. "Iron sharpens iron"???? What????
    I can appreciate that Huntsman dropped out thinking about 2016. Sarah. . . 20 never!!!
    Out of the news cycle for a couple of weeks and this is what she comes up with???

    January 17, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  20. Barbara Espinosa

    Well now we know that Sarah Palin approves of a man commenting adultery, working for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, getting ousted from congress by his peers, that had 84 ethics complaints and was fined 300 thousand dollars. And she believes an old white rich guy should be President. Not someone who has been a governor of the 2 largest state that created an environment for job growth.

    January 17, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  21. Hair bear

    What ah joke! No endorsement,but she can tell you who to vote for! I hope she doesn't think we have Stupid written all over our face! No one people should be able to tell you who to Vote for! They should lock her up for the suggestion!

    January 17, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  22. Tam

    Crazy and crazier? Dumb and dumber? Crooked and crookeder [sp.?]? God help us, if these are our "leaders."

    January 17, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  23. Martha in CF

    Go back to Alaska. CNN, I don't know why you waste the time..............

    January 17, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  24. hansdick

    "I want more debates, more vetting of candidates, because we know the mistake made in our country four years ago with having a candidate that was not vetted to the degree that she should have been," Palin said

    January 17, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  25. J.V.Hodgson

    Any kind of palin endoresement, Todd or hers is the kiss of death to any republican candidate.

    January 17, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
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